Sweden v Ukraine: What the stats say ahead Euro 2020 clash

Sweden v Ukraine: What the stats say ahead Euro 2020 clash

This will be the fifth meeting between Sweden and Ukraine, with Sweden’s only victory coming in a friendly in August 2011 (D1 L2).

The last meeting between Sweden and Ukraine was in EURO 2012, with Ukraine coming from behind to win 2-1 thanks to a brace from current manager Andriy Shevchenko.

This is just Sweden’s third appearance in the knockout stages of the European Championship – they lost 3-2 against Germany in 1992 (semi-final) and lost to Netherlands on penalties following a goalless draw in 2004 (quarter-final).

Ukraine have lost seven of their last eight games at the European Championship, with their victory over North Macedonia enough to see them through to the last 16. This is only their second appearance in the knockout stages of a major tournament, after reaching round two of the 2006 World Cup.

Of the teams to reach the last 16 at EURO 2020, no side faced more shots on target in the group stages than Ukraine (16, level with Wales).

Sweden made the fewest successful passes (591) and had the lowest passing accuracy (69.9%) of any side in the group stages at EURO 2020, while of the teams to reach the last 16 they also had the lowest average possession rate (29.6%).

Sweden scored with 44% of their shots on target in the group stages of EURO 2020 (4/9), with only Portugal having a higher such ratio of teams to reach the last 16 (50% – 7/14).

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Ukraine’s Andriy Yarmolenko and Ruslan Malinovskiy have created six goal-scoring chances for one another so far at EURO 2020 – no two players combined for more in the group stages (level with Wales’ Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey).

Emil Forsberg has scored four goals in his last four games in all competitions for Sweden, following a run of 11 games without a goal for the national side. He has three goals at EURO 2020 so far – the last time a Swedish player scored more in a major tournament was the 1994 World Cup (Kennet Andersson 5, Martin Dahlin 4).

Both Andriy Yarmolenko (2 goals, 1 assist) and Roman Yaremchuk (2 goals, 1 assist) were each directly involved in three of Ukraine’s four goals in the group stages of EURO 2020. No player has ever been involved in more goals for them at a major tournament (World Cup/EUROs).

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